Did you know that Sam’s Club offered a different monthly free health screening each month? Plus, it is for members and non-members! This month it is free allergy screenings. I love the idea of this since there are so many without health insurance right now. The screenings do not replace a doctor, but it is a way for you to keep check on your own health instead of just guessing if you have a problem or not.
WHAT: Free Allergy and Health Screening
WHERE: Sam’s Clubs across the country (find your nearest location here)
WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 2013 11am-3pm
WHO: Members and Non-Members of Sam’s Clubs
Allergies are a known issue in my family. Hubby has them the worst. If he does not take his allergy medication regularly and try to avoid allergens he needs this headpiece, especially in the spring and fall.
I was able to speak to Sam’s Club Pharmacist, Stephanie Gettler, and ask her about the screenings. My first question was to just ask her general thoughts on the screenings. Stephanie feels they are a great benefit and told me that Sam’s Club has a different theme each month. The events are held on the second Saturday and you can find the schedule of events on the Sam’s Club site.
Next I asked Stephanie if most of the people are aware there is a problem or do they have no idea? She said that it varies by person. For example, for this month’s allergy screening people may come in that think they have a cold that they can’t shake, but the test might reveal that the problem is really a common allergy.
Stephanie also shared that allergies can change at any time in your life. You may have allergies as a child that you outgrow, or as an adult you may develop an allergy to something that never bothered you before.
I knew that many of you would want to know more specifics of the screening process so I asked Stephanie to tell me more. The screenings are done by licensed staff from Mollen Immunizations Clinics
Sam’s Club Licensed Professional Pharmacist. The allergy testing is done by a small prick on the finger to get a bit of blood which is sent to the lab for testing. Your results are emailed to you and you can always contact the pharmacy for more information about your results. Again, these screenings are not a replacement for care by a doctor, but they can help you decide if you need to make an appointment with your family physician or not. Each Sam’s Club location is limited to 100 screenings and once it is your turn it should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. The allergy screening/blood test will test for for milk, eggs, pet dander (cats), mold, dust mites, wheat, ragweed, mountain cedar, Bermuda grass and Timothy grass. Along with the allergy screening you will also be tested/measured for your blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and vision. It is about $200 in testing you receive for free – even for those with health insurance this is better than the high co-pays many of us have.
Regardless if you take advantage of the free screening this weekend I found out that you do not have to be a member to use the Sam’s Club Pharmacy. You still get the same low prices that members do, including a large list of low cost prescriptions that are usually $4 for 30 days or $10 for 90 days. If you do have a PLUS membership you can save additional money off brand name prescriptions.
Did you know about the free monthly health screenings at Sam’s Club? Do you plan on using this service or have you in the past?
Disclosure: I was provided information about this event and interviewed a pharmacist employed by Sam’s Club as well. This is not a compensated post – I found the information interesting and thought many of my readers would benefit from it. Opinions are my own.
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